Bhutto's Death Just Pakistan's Latest Unsolved Mystery

Political deaths many; 'truth never comes out'
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2007 3:36 PM CST
A supporter of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, seen in poster in background, chants anti government slogans in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. Benazir Bhutto's 19-year-old son was chosen...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Moments after Benazir Bhutto was killed—whether by gun, bomb, or hitting her head on a sunroof—came another disturbing image. Workers hosed blood from the streets, washing away potential evidence, the Washington Post reports—and ensuring yet another whodunit to Pakistan's long list of unsolved political murders. "I thought, 'There goes the answer to all of the Pakistan people's questions,' said a lawyer who once worked for Bhutto.

The history of Pakistan political deaths is operatic: Bhutto's father was overthrown by Gen. Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, who had him executed in 1979. Zia died in a mysterious 1988 plane crash, while Benazir's two brothers were murdered under mysterious circumstances. "The sad thing is," said a Pakistani political commentator, "the truth never comes out." (Read more Pakistan stories.)